A man convicted in the 1980 murder of a Rockland County teenager will live in Buffalo following his release on parole, a move that angered two local lawmakers.
Richard LaBarbera and another man were sentenced to 25 years to life for attacking 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky, who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted, beaten and fatally stabbed while walking home from a job. LaBarbera was eligible for parole in 2005, but the State Parole Board didn't grant his release until May. Records show he left prison July 8.
LaBarbera was set to report to a parole officer in Westchester County, but a state judge ordered him to stay farther away from Bohovesky 's mother, and the State Attorney General's Office reassigned him to an officer here, The Journal News reported.
Republican State Sens. Chris Jacobs of Buffalo and Robert Ortt of North Tonawanda condemned the decision by the Parole Board, whose members are nominated by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate.